Many people spend most of their time trying to fit in to society. I have noticed my fellow Ethiopians comparing themselves to one another and competing. Constantly trying to see what so and so is driving, where they are working, what their kid is doing. I have noticed some people refer to others by their career path, rather than their name or other identifying features. Why is that? What is the true measure of an individual.
My philosophy is this- BE YOURSELF. You can’t look outside of yourself to determine who you are, or where you fit into society. The reality is that you have to spend time with yourself to figure that part out. I think that’s the part many people within the Ethiopian American community struggle with. We are all so busy running between social functions that we forget to take that time out to spend with ourselves. That is what hurts our community. We need to actually spend time determining what our goals are as individuals, rather than figuring out what it is that everyone else is doing or wants to do. It is then that we will all reach our full capacity.
Being yourself is the ultimate form of self satisfaction. You can be at ease, free and genuinely happy.
What are your thoughts on how Ethiopian Americans navigate their way through society? Do people always put up fronts, or is everyone really keeping it real? Share your story!